Not too long ago, I felt as though the Catholic Church taught a lot of doom ‘n gloom… you were going to hell if you didn’t [insert x, y, z action].
As I returned to the Church, filled with dread that I would, for all eternity, be separated from my son in the event of untimely deaths, I began to truly study Church teachings. During that period of studying and learning about the Catholic Faith and her teachings, I learned how faulty my perception was of the Church, and found a devotion celebrated the first Sunday after Easter – every first Sunday after Easter.
The first Sunday after Easter is known as Divine Mercy Sunday. This devotion has quickly become one of my absolute favorites – not simply because of the way in which the message was delivered (through apparitions of Christ to a nun in Poland), but honestly, because the message of Divine Mercy and the following prayer at the bottom of the Divine Mercy image.
What is Divine Mercy? According to the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Divine Mercy is,
God’s love for those who suffer, a love that reaches all the way back to the creation of the universe… All that Jesus does for us and our salvation is mercy. His sacrifice on the Cross, made present in an unbloody way at every Mass, has the power not only to cleanse us of sin but to raise us up to share in God’s own divine life… To receive this wondrous mercy, we simply need to repent of our sins and believe in Jesus. This truly is the Gospel, the “good news.”
The message and devotion of Divine Mercy is simple. Based on the free Divine Mercy app by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, the message of Divine Mercy asks us to,
A = Ask for God’s Mercy
B = Be merciful in our own deeds, words, and prayer
C = Completely trust in Jesus
As Jesus is reported to having said in His apparition to St. Faustina, “I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls.“
As I began to learn more about this message of hope and mercy, my previous struggles with a message of doom ‘n gloom began to subside. I began to recognize there is hope – through suffering, through tragedy, through difficulties, through being a sinner…
There is hope for everyone!
At the bottom of the Divine Mercy image, painted upon the instruction of Jesus, and overseen by the direction of St. Faustina, there is a short prayer. When the topic for this month’s CWBN Blog Hop came out as “How My Faith Helps Me Worry Less,” I immediately thought of this prayer – one which has brought me calmness in the midst of doubts, storms, and adversity.
I acknowledge I don’t have to have all the answers – I just have to have faith. This five word prayer packs a punch, and immediately helps me worry less – even if I don’t fully understand, I keep the faith with these few words.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Don’t miss the other CWBN bloggers as they address how their faith helps them worry less! For more on Divine Mercy for Moms, be sure to click here; for more on the Divine Mercy message, you can also click here.